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John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).


He can be contacted at john@crashnetwork.com 

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 21:08

Lawmakers in 3 States Tackle Topics Impacting Collision Repairers

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Legislatures in three states in recent weeks have taken action on proposed laws related to auto body shop labor rates, dealerships’ sale of non-OEM parts and public disclosure of regulatory citations against shops. Legislatures in three states in recent weeks have taken action on proposed laws related to auto body shop labor rates, dealerships’ sale of non-OEM parts and public disclosure of regulatory citations against shops.

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...to make sure these body shops are still there to support all of the insurance companies that need these cars fixed…I think now is the time to really roll up our sleeves and get to the bottom of this issue before the industry itself, in regard to the repair facilities, actually collapses. Then you’ll have no one to fix the cars.”

 

In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed House Bill 2435 into law, prohibiting an auto manufacturer from either requiring or prohibiting a dealer to sell any “secondary product," defined to include non-OEM parts.

 

The bill initially also prohibited an automaker from requiring dealers “to provide a customer with a disclosure not otherwise required by law,” but a later amendment removed that clause.

 

“It is important that consumers are properly informed about the parts to be used on their vehicle,” said Wade Newton of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents automakers. “This legislation with our amendment will continue to allow an automaker the ability to require such disclosure to help ensure transparency.”

 

Pritzker just three weeks earlier signed into law another measure, House Bill 3940, requiring automakers to pay a dealer for warranty repairs an amount no less than the amount a retail customer pays the dealer for the same services.

 

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